Verdict expected in Twitter harassment trial

TORONTO - A verdict is expected today in what's believed to be the first case of criminal harassment involving Twitter in Canada.

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Gregory Alan Elliott is facing two charges of criminal harassment over his dealings with two Toronto women's rights activists on Twitter.

Stephanie Guthrie and Heather Reilly have said they feared for their safety, testifying at the trial that they believe he kept tabs on them and their whereabouts through social media, even after they blocked his account.

Elliott's lawyer Chris Murphy instead characterized the Twitter interactions - which escalated over months in 2012 and saw both sides trade barbs - as "an ugly political debate."

He says his client never threatened or made sexual comments at the women.

The Criminal Code prohibits anyone from knowingly or recklessly harassing another person through conduct that causes them to reasonably fear for their safety.


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